Rose Blvc leads the pack

… as NAMAs say adios


By Rosalia David

THE past weekend saw the new kid on the block Rosa Jahjid Majiedt better known as Rose Blvc scooping five awards at the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) which dropped its curtains on Saturday evening.

The humble 26-year-old won the biggest awards; Best Album, Best Female Artist of the Year and Artist of the Year accolade and walked away with another award for Best Newcomer.

“At first, it was overwhelming. I felt like I was thrown into a fire. I had to take a night’s sleep and let it sink in. It is overwhelming and this (prize) money has now gotten me stressed out now. I am a very private person but I have to make peace with being in the public eye now because the awards come with it,” she said.

She went on to say that she has plans to plough back to her former high school JG van der Wath in Okahandja through funding a music and arts programme.

“The money is going to help me do everything that I couldn’t do. I can finally get things done,” she said excitedly.

She added that she is currently busy building a music studio for herself that will produce her next album.

“It will probably take some time but my second album needs to come from the studio that I am working on.”

On the same night veteran hitmaker Gazza was crowned Artist of the Decade.

The Artist of the Decade is an award given to a musician who has won the most awards over the 10-year NAMAs period.

Apart from the winnings, the NAMAs ended in style as all seven nominees in the Artist of the Decade category lit up the stage with exhilarating performances.

The night kicked off with Exit showing why he is one of Namibia’s best performing artists taking the stage with Harry Simon Junior and declaring himself as the undisputed champion of Kwaito.

Oteya also took everyone down memory lane with all her hit songs with a stand-up performance while Lize Ehlers and Mushe gave outstanding performances proving that they still got it.

The highlight of the evening was certainly the introduction of some of Namibia’s legends back on the NAMAs stage with D-Naff performing his old hit song Tsipi Tsipi, Killa B with Eliko, Stella with Kapepo, and Michael !Owos-aob with #nauhe tama xu-ige. Kapitol K who has been out of action for years from the music scene surprised everybody when he took to the stage to perform one of Namibia’s greatest hits of all time, Tara Mate.

The unprecedented NAMAs 2020 show was held over eight weekends celebrating Namibian music with total prize money of over N$1.2 million.